Why Oklahoma made McCay's list

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we spoke with wide receiver Justin McCay from Bishop Miege in Kansas. He had a chat with us for an update.

When an athlete is as highly rated as Bishop Miege (KS) wide receiver Justin McCay, making the choice of where you will eventually end up can be a little nerve wrecking. Even more so, figuring out where to visit can be a challenge all in itself.

In early June, the 6-foot-3.5, 200-pound McCay told Scout.com his first five schools that made the cut. Oklahoma, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Florida, and Tennessee were the first five.

Soon enough, Part II of the list is set to be released.

"I will probably have another five schools in the next two weeks or so," McCay said. "Then I will have a Top 10. And from that, that will be it."

Of the schools that made the initial cut, McCay said that have seen him on campus except Tennessee and Florida. He did not mention anything about the Volunteers, but he is set to check out last year's BCS national champions on July 23.

While on that category of top BSC-level schools, the team that played in the national championship game is also listed in the early five.

With Oklahoma, McCay made his way down to Norman to check things out. And while most prospects make the weekend trips for unofficial visits, McCay went during a weekday.

When McCay is not on the OU campus, it is assistant coach Jay Norvell whom McCay stays in touch with. And according to McCay, there is no communications lapse.

"Coach Norvell and I email a lot, but we talk about 2-3 times a week," McCay said. "We can talk about everything from football, to school, or just life. We have a nice relationship and a good understanding with each other."

McCay said that the Sooner coaching staff is recruiting him as a wide receiver, the position he said that he prefers. 

With all of that said, those are some of the reasons the Sooners made the initial cut. But what about the rest?

"You know that most of the schools that are on the list is because I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and with the schools I visited, the atmosphere felt good," McCay said. "That first-time appearance means a lot and with these places it felt right. And I am open to all of the schools, not just the big powerhouse programs. 

"I don't mind going to a smaller school and helping to build a program. But, I am not afraid to go and compete at one of the larger schools. I'm just open to play anywhere and compete."

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